Read this: Mike McGrady, literary hoaxster; TMI about Rielle Hunter


The late Mike McGrady in 1970 (Arthur Ellis/The Washington Post)

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What a life! The obituary of Mike McGrady takes us back to a more fun time in journalism. The Newsday columnist and several other reporters teamed up in the late ’60s to write a hoax bodice-ripper, mocking the style of Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann with the worst possible writing they could attempt. . . and even though the hoax was quickly revealed, “Naked Came the Stranger” still became a bestseller. Read more from our colleague Matt Schudel: Mike McGrady, journalist and leader of ‘Naked Came the Stranger’ spoof, dies, 5/15/12

In other news: “It’s come to this,” proclaims our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia: “In a trial steeped in salacious private revelations, jurors now even know how long Rielle Hunter’s menstrual cycles typically lasted.” And now you’re suddenly seized by the urge to know, aren’t you? Read more from the sordid campaign-finance trial in North Carolina: John Edwards’s defense rests following medical details about Rielle Hunter, 5/16/12

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